As a cleaning company owner, just how many times would you walk right into a janitor closet in order to find dirty gear, filthy mop buckets, vacuum cleaners that haven't been emptied, and spray bottles that spray correctly? Have you or your supervisors taken time to train your employees on how to properly take care of your gear? Use this checklist to keep your materials and equipment in top working condition.
Plastic Spray Bottles
Wipe bottles as essential to prevent buildup and deposit
When desired replace label
Periodically take trigger apart and clean to prevent clogging
Brute & Caddy
Wipe down inside and outside as needed
Don't leave lying around - they certainly are a disease and security risk. Keep in a bag for dirty rags
Disinfect and wipe front border as needed
Rinse in clear, cold water, shake out excess. If brush is dirty, wash it out and rinse with clear water. Let dry with bristles straight.
Storage - hang brush - don't put the brush weight.
When wet, do not stand on its straws, do not car cleaning products use. Don't use broom for scrubbing. So that it'll wear evenly rotate frequently.
After every days use, wipe knife to eliminate moisture and debris.
Store in clean, dry place.
Border the blade as needed to make sure it stays sharp
Rinse with water immediately.
Don't use dust mops on greasy floors.
Remove loose soil frequently, using a vacuum cleaner if possible; otherwise shake into large waste receptacle.
Never keep a mop on the ground. Hang the mop so air can circulate.
Soak for a number of minutes to eliminate sizing before employing a brand new mop and toughen the fibers.
Rinse after use.
Do not twist the mop in the wringer. Since the fibers will bust if it's squeezed too hard or twisted it can be destroyed.
Cut free or irregular strands off.
Hang mops to dry in a light, airy location. Never keep on the floor or in the mop bucket.
Flooring Finish Mops
After using, wash out all floor finish or wax with clean water.
Wring out as much water as you possibly can, shake to fluff fibrils.
Never use soap or detergent on a mop intended for floor finish.
Set mop after use in a clean plastic bag.
Pails & Wringers
Do not use force on a wringer lever - use only enough hand pressure on the lever to wring the mop out.
Remove any loose mop head yarn, cord or foreign matter that becomes tangled in the wringer.
Wash and scrub all surfaces of the bucket with disinfectant. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry. Keep wringer tight and oiled.
Keep wringer in "release" position when it is not being used.
Rinse blade in water that is clean after use.
Wipe dry, do not store with bent or blade down.
Vertical Vacuum Cleaners
Empty tote often.
After emptying wipe outside of hoover.
Assess belt for cuts when needed and change.
Magnet that is empty bar after every use.
Wipe whole surface down after each day's use. Also wipe twine.
Assess pad for replacing.
Blow motor around every 2 weeks out.
Check bolts and screws to ensure they are tight.
Wipe entire surface down after the use of each day. Also wipe cord.
Rinse tank after each use.
Assess drive unit for cracks on wear.
Artificial Floor Pads
Floor pads can be used on both sides. Once both sides are used, the pad should be set aside for soaking or cleaning.
Floor pads may be cleaned by rubbing one against the top of another. Or you can use a hand scratcher. Follow by rinsing with a sharp stream of hot water and giving a final rinse of cold water. Pads that don't react for this method must be soaked in a concentration of synthetic detergent or stripping solution. After soaking, each pad must be rinsed under a sharp stream of hot water. Following a final rinse of cold water, the pads must be shaken and put on a flat, non-rusting surface for drying. Pads will not be ready for reuse till they are totally dry.
Suggestion: They could be cut into little sections that can be used as hand or foot scratch pads, when pads become worn.
Out inside, wipe in and outside after each use.
Rinse and wipe attachments and hoses.
Rinse inside of filters, tank, hoses and attachments out.